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NOW AVAILABLE for PRE-ORDER from SIBLING RIVALRY PRESS Jane Cassady’s “For the Comfort of Automated Phrases”


For the Comfort of Automated Phrases
by Jane Cassady 

Author Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Featuring Cover Art by Amy Lawson
Release Date: July 17, 2012

$14.95; ISBN: 978-1937420-17-8
6 x 9 Perfect-Bound Paperback; 76 Pages 

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For the Comfort of Automated Phrases is a bottle of wine on a blanket in the park. It’s a night on the couch with your girlfriend, your boyfriend … or both of them. It’s making soup for a friend with a sick child. It’s the beautiful unpretentious. At its heart, this is a book of love poems written starry-eyed to board games and geography, to pop culture and pop music, to nephews and cats and cities and singers. Cassady’s full-length debut is the poetic equivalent of a mix tape – one you’ll keep rewinding and replaying – one that could easily be the soundtrack to your life.


“In this dance, I’m running toward you.”  For the Comfort of Automated Phrases contains some of the best cautionary poetry since Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience. To live with an open heart is dangerous and she wants us to know the risks.”–Brendan Constantine, author of Birthday Girl with Possum

“Jane Cassady is the voice of the details that make life ducky, scary, and curious. For the Comfort of Automated Phrases fine tunes moments and fears to the point that they are at once deeply personal and completely universal. It’s a map of places so specifically everywhere, of people that everyone knows, of those deep worries of every heart. These poems read you like an open book.”–Shanny Jean Maney, author of I Love Science!


Jane Cassady probably wants to hug you. She writes “Poetic License Horoscopes” for Sibling Rivalry Press, The Legendary, and Critical Mass, the Philadelphia City Paper’s arts and culture blog. Her poems “In 1992,” “Almost Immediately,” “It Got Better” and “For the Comfort of Automated Phrases” can be heard on Indiefeed: Performance Poetry. She has been featured in decomP, The Ballard Street Poetry Journal, Lavender Review, and other journals. She has performed at such venues as LouderArts in New York City, Valley Contemporary Poets in Los Angeles, and The Encyclopedia Show in Chicago. She also writes a blog about happiness, love, and pop-culture called  The Serotonin Factory.


Located just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, Sibling Rivalry Press develops, publishes, and promotes outlaw artistic talent. Our aim is to cultivate literary and poetic rock stars. We are also home to Assaracus, one of Library Journal‘s Best New Magazines.


Also from Sibling Rivalry Press: Tyler Gillespie’s Dirty Socks and Pine Needles: An SRP eBook Single. Says Franki Elliot, author of Piano Rats, “Gillespie elegantly uses his storytelling to weave his strange, off-kilter childhood memories into a collection of melancholic beauty. Gillespie’s stories are brave, honest, and seamlessly told with an innocence that has the ability to unlock the dark memories most have buried in their consciousness. There is no better talent than turning heartache into beauty.” Available from Amazon’s Kindle Store or in all eBook formats directly from Sibling Rivalry Press.

Sibling Rivalry Press welcomes a new Associate Editor, Seth Pennington, to the family. Seth is a rising senior at the University of Arkansas Little Rock where he majors in Creative Writing. We’re also excited to announce we’ll be the publishing home of two names familiar to Assaracus readers, Christopher Gaskins and Robert Siek, who will each publish a full-length book of poetry with SRP in 2013.

Coming December 1, 2011: “Chill Run” by Russell Brooks, Thriller Author

What’s Chill Run?

You know a publicity stunt has backfired when someone dies.
“Starving author Eddie Barrow, Jr, will do anything to get a book deal with a NYC publisher. Even if it means getting caught by the media while engaging in S&M with a female celebrity as a publicity stunt. What Eddie gets instead are details of a billion dollar fraud scheme from a suicidal client who’s fatally shot minutes later. Now on the run from the law and the killers, Eddie seeks help from two unlikely friends—an alcoholic and a dominatrix. With few resources, Eddie races to clear his name, expose the fraud scheme, and expose the killers before he becomes their next victim.”
Release date December 1, 2011 in eBook and in paperback.
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Who’s Russell?

Russell Brooks

Russell Brooks

Russell Brooks is the author of Pandora’s Succession, Unsavory Delicacies, and the upcoming mystery/thriller Chill Run. He considers himself fortunate to have been selected to the Canadian Track Team in the 100 metre and 200 metre sprint events and have his degree in Biology from Indiana University. When he’s not busy writing, Russell’s blogging about injustice with his Op-Ed style essays or reciting poems or novel excerpts on YouTube.
As for his books, Russell has been compared to a young Robert Ludlum. His books have also attracted fans of New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler.

Media Appearances
Conversations LIVE with Cyrus Webb. (on iTunes)
Guest appearance on The Lit Chick Show


Russell’s Works

Pandora’s Succession
This is Russell’s debut novel, featuring CIA operative Ridley Fox. Many readers have compared it to The Bourne Identity for its edge-of-your-seat, high-octane plot.
What are people saying about Pandora’s Succession?

“I’m going to admit it now, I love action movies, such as “Bourne Identity”, but I’ve never really read one. This was my first and I was absolutely strapped in for the ride of my life!” Laura Kentowski.

“It was absolutely bio-terrorism at its worst and I loved it.” Lou Brandau.


Unsavory Delicacies
These are three short stories of suspense with the common theme of fine dining and revenge. And Ridley Fox makes an appearance.
What people are saying about Unsavory Delicacies?

“These Robert Ludlum style spy shorts were quick and satisfying. They were a pleasure to read.” Austin James.

“With Unsavory Delicacies, Russell Brooks has cleverly crafted three suspense tales complete with surprise endings and amazingly well developed characters to entertain us.” Lynette Phillips.

Who would you run to if you witnessed the murder you were framed for? Both the feds and the real killers are after you and your only allies are an alcoholic and a dominatrix: CHILL RUN coming December 1, 2011!


If you’re a company willing to sponsor Russell, or if you’re a book reviewer or blogger who’d like to review Russell’s books, you can reach him at:
russellbrookswriter (at) gmail (dot) com
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New Book “ORPHANS stories” By Turritopsis Nutricula & Tim Cummings, July 12, 2011

New Book “ORPHANS stories” Offers Fiction Lovers Unique Assortment Of Narratives and Characters

By Turritopsis Nutricula & Tim Cummings
Dated: Jul 12, 2011


Author Tim Cummings raises the bar on literary collections by releasing a curious, eclectic set of styles and stories.

Los Angeles, CA. Author and resident, Tim Cummings, has published “ORPHANS stories”, available as both an e-book and a 250-page print edition, that invites readers into a refreshingly unpredictable world of short stories, poetry and prose, screenplays, stage plays, and film treatments.

Set in 1940s Florida, Middle America, Hollywood in the 70s, curious netherspheres between life and death, and deep inside the imaginations of characters whose greatest abundances are their emotions, the ten stories in Cummings’s eclectic collection evoke familiar and strange scenarios of love, loss, heartbreak, humor, spirituality, sexuality, and violence. Written in a strong, imaginative voice, “ORPHANS stories” spins a majestic web of people, places, relationships, and situations.

From romantic, heartfelt, and quirky to edgy, violent, and emotionally feral, this ‘orphanage’ fosters tales of filicide, epilepsy, magical romance, addiction, spirituality, love, and the afterlife.

Author Cummings (who will be making appearances at bookstores in Los Angeles for readings) says, “It’s a very unorthodox book, really original, and I like the risks entailed with that… I think it’s important to put yourself out there, to sufficiently show the world who you really are. Most people wear masks; they can’t expose themselves or take risks. That’s sad for them, but understandable. With this book, I feel really vulnerable, and that’s probably the best thing about it for me. The whole thing is really idiosyncratic.”

Inquiries, info, purchasing:

**For a limited time (now through Sunday July 31st, 2011) an electronic book version, normally priced at $8.99, will be available to the public for $2.25 (74% off!) at Smashwords.

About Smashwords:
Founded in 2008, Smashwords operates the world’s leading ebook publishing and distribution platform serving authors, publishers, readers and retailers. Smashwords has distribution relationships with Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony and Diesel eBooks, and leading mobile e-reading apps including Aldiko, Stanza, Kobo, FBReader and Word-Player, spanning all major mobile platforms including Android, Blackberry and iPhone. Privately held Smashwords is based in Los Gatos, California, and can be reached on the web at

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About Tim Cummings:

Born and raised in New York, and educated at New York University, Cummings is a passionate storyteller who works professionally in a variety of mediums: writing, visuals, theater, film, music, and dance.

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Brandon Ford’s “Decayed Etchings”-A Collection of Dark Fiction Now Available!


A Press Release:



In his first collection, Brandon Ford delivers 18 brand
new, never before published tales of the dark, twisted,
and macabre. Buried within these gnarled pages, you’ll
discover jilted lovers, cheating spouses, bizarre fetishes,
acid trips, and roaming sleepwalkers. You’ll meet noisy
neighbors, struggling writers, vengeful females, and
even a monster or two.

With Decayed Etchings, you’ll dive headfirst into a
world of ghoulish delights that will surely satisfy even
the most jaded gorehound. In this world, there is
always something lurid hiding beneath. You need only
scratch the surface.

Trade Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Black Bed Sheet Books (July 4, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0-9833773-9-9
Suggested Retail Price: $14.95 US
Category: Fiction/Collection
Genre: Horror/Dark Suspense
Primary readers: Adults


Crystal Bay:

“A very enjoyable read. I can’t wait to see what [he] does next.” –Garry
Charles, Hammerhead

“Brandon Ford is the new Prince of Horror, soon to be King.” –Ryan
Nicholson, Star Vehicle

“Ford shows a knack for setting suspense. He’s a promising new talent.”
–Kevin Lucia, Higher Education

Splattered Beauty:

“Absolutely delicious. Drags the reader along on one hell of a bumpy
ride.” –Robert Dunbar, The Pines

“Brandon Ford is a burgeoning master of crimson escapism!” –Tim Ritter,
Truth or Dare: A Critical Madness

“I expect to see Brandon Ford win awards and go far.” –Nicholas
Grabowsky, Red Wet Dirt

Pay Phone:

“Disturbing, bloody, and vicious. Pay Phone is not for the weakhearted…”
–Scott A. Johnson, Dread Central

“Truly terrifying and chilling right down to the bone. This one comes
highly recommended.” –Ed Demko, Bloodtype Online

“Ford has an obvious gift…” –Richard Perez, Permanent Obscurity


Brandon Ford (b. August 28, 1981) grew up in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He started writing at the approximate age of 8 and spent a lot of time testing the waters with various genres. He wrote dramas, comedies, essays, plays, and, of course, thrillers. There were few things he took pleasure in crafting more than a good old-fashioned scary story. Throughout grade school, as well as high school, he continued to build his portfolio with various works (mostly short stories and novellas, but a few plays here and there). He’d pass around these manuscripts to friends and teachers for feedback. Knowing others enjoyed his work and craved more inspired him to keep going.

A few months shy of 23, he sat down to pen his first novel, which became Crystal Bay. Arctic Wolf Publishing, a small press based in Georgia, picked the book up a few years later. Shortly thereafter, he completed Splattered Beauty, an ode to his favorite Scream Queens. In 2009, he teamed up with Alan Draven and Jessica Lynne Gardner for Creeping Shadows (Pixie Dust Press), a collection of three short novels. Ford’s contribution, Merciless, was heavily inspired by a real-life kidnapping that took place in California in 2002. In March 2010, Arctic Wolf released his third novel, Pay Phone. Ford has also contributed works of short fiction to several anthologies, including Abaculus 2007 and Abaculus III (Leucrota Press), Sinister Landscapes (Pixie Dust Press), Raw: Brutality As Art (Snuff Books), and The Death Panel (Comet Press). Some of his biggest influences have been writers like Jack Ketchum and the late Richard Laymon. In his spare time he enjoys reading, watching bad TV, and all things horror. He still resides in
South Philadelphia.

For merchandise of all kinds as well as a sample of the collection of stories and his thoughts, visit Brandon Ford’s website “Sleepless Nights”: